Stallings-Rice wed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2005

Amber Renee Stallings and Jonathan Marshall Rice were united in marriage March 12, 2005, at 5 p.m. at The Rock Springs Center in Greenville, NC.

The Reverend Douglas Gibson and Ms. Kristina Gibson conducted the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Stallings, Jr. of Hobbsville, N.C.

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She is the paternal granddaughter of Mrs. Sarah B. Stallings of Hobbsville, N.C., and the late Mr. James E. Stallings, Sr. She is the maternal granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Benton of Corapeake, N.C.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Rice of Mount Olive, N.C.

He is the grandson of Mrs. Odessa Ford and the late Mr. Marshall Jones of Aurora, N.C. and the late Mr. Robert R. and Mrs. Mildred S. Rice of Aurora, N.C.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

She wore an original Moonlight Design wedding gown of regal satin.

The halter neckline fell into an A-line, wrap skirt with a semi-cathedral train adorned with an elegant display of crystal beads, pearls, sequins and Swarovski crystals.

The bride’s fingertip fountain headpiece was covered in silk satin and featured two tiers of illusion trimmed in a satin ribbon edge.

She carried a clutch bouquet of yellow konfetti roses and mixed spring flowers adorned with greenery.

The bride’s sister, Holly S. King of Winterville, N.C., served as Matron of Honor.

The bridesmaids were Michele W. Copeland, cousin of the bride, of Hobbsville, NC;

Karen K. Carlton, cousin of the groom, of Raleigh, N.C.;

Amy B. Armitage of Winterville, N.C., Heather Y. Hunter of Hertford, N.C., Susan McLawhorn of Gatesville, N.C.; and Kimberly R. Thorne of Greenville, NC, all high school friends of the bride.

Bridemaids wore platinum two-piece satin A-line dresses that featured a halter neckline bodice with asymmetrical front drape decorated with rhinestone buttons.

They carried clutch bouquets of konfetti roses and mixed spring flowers.

Honorary bridesmaids were Charlene N. Hagen, Mitzie L. Hughes, both of Greenville, N.C., and Lori A. Roberson of Windsor, N.C., all college friends of the bride.

Ashby P. King and Brylie N. King, nieces of the bride, served as flower girls.

They wore white Strasburg dresses designed with elegant scalloped neckline and bodice with French tucks and hand-embroidered floral horseshoe in silk organza.

Satin ribbon gathers the sleeves.

They carried white satin baskets adorned with ribbons and rose petals.

The groom’s father, Robert T. Rice, of Mount Olive, NC, served as Best Man.

Groomsmen were Robbie R. Rice, brother of the groom, of Greenville, N.C.; J. Michael King, brother-in-law of the bride, of Winterville, N.C.; Edward Earl Williams, of Greenville, N.C., David C. Austin, Ladd Jones, and Jeffry W. Robinson, all of Aurora, N.C., and friends of the groom.

Ushers were Johnny Barefoot of Poquoson, Barry Litchfield of Washington, N.C., cousins of the groom, and Carl Cayton of Wake Forest, N.C., friend of the groom.

Marilyn S. Noble, aunt of the bride, of Hobbsville, N.C. and June Zurface, aunt of the groom, of Aurora, N.C., served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

Devon Lake, cousin of the bride, of Hobbsville, N.C., and Jordan Davis, cousin of the groom, of Chesapeake, Va., served as program attendants.

A program of wedding music was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Shires of Ashland.

They also sang &uot;The Parent’s Prayer,&uot; &uot;I Believe God Put Us Together,&uot; and &uot;The Rose.&uot;

Parents of the bride hosted a reception and dance at the Rock Springs Center.

Following toasts to the happy couple by honored guests, guests danced the night away to entertainment provided by Bill Cox and Bill Peyton.

The bride is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

She earned Masters of Science degrees, also from East Carolina University, in both Rehabilitation Counseling and Substance Abuse/Clinical Counseling.

She is employed by PORT Human Services in Greenville, N.C. as a Qualified Practitioner.

The groom is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Economics.

He is employed by Eastern Aluminum Supply, Inc. in Jacksonville, N.C.

After a honeymoon trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, the couple will reside in Winterville, N..

The following parties were held in honor of the couple:

On Sept. 25, 2004, the couple officially announced their engagement at an Engagement Luau hosted by the bride’s sister, Holly S. King, at her home in Winterville.

On Nov. 13, 2004, the bride was honored with a Pampered Bride Kitchen Party by bridesmaid Amy B. Armitage at her home in Winterville.

Bridesmaid Michele W. Copeland and Mistress of Ceremonies Marilyn S. Noble hosted a Christmas Shower for the bride on Dec. 5, 2004 at Mrs. Copeland’s home in Hobbsville, N.C.

The bridesmaids treated the bride to a bachelorette weekend and lingerie shower in Myrtle Beach, S.C. during the weekend of Jan. 15, 2005.

On Feb. 5, 2005, the bride and groom were honored with a Stock the Bar Party, hosted by Holly and Mike King, at their home in Winterville.

Dawn Ellis and Lindsay Allen, coworkers of the bride, hosted a party for her on Feb. 18, 2005 at the Plantation Apartments Clubhouse.

The groom was the guest of honor at a bachelor party on Feb. 19, 2005, hosted by Robbie Rice, brother of the groom.

On Feb. 26, 2005, the bride honored her attendants with a Bridesmaid Luncheon at her home in Winterville.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Rice, the parents of the groom, hosted a Rehearsal Dinner and Luau for the bridal party at the Rock Springs Equestrian Center in Greenville.

Bridesmaids and honored guests were pampered with a &uot;Day at the Spa&uot; at Envy Day Spa throughout the wedding day, March 12, 2005, where lunch was provided by the bride.